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Posted: 11/20/21 09:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A LOT easier to keep a drop or lift basic ball mount for other towing and around the yard RV moving. A lot less weight to jockey around compared to the WDH head unit.
No probs at your listed weights.


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Nope IMO


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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.


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Terryallan wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.


And it’s ill informed opinions like these that keep the wdhs flying off the shelves.
To the point that a newbie like the OP is afraid to move the camper in their driveway without a wdh!
@Terryallen, if I hadn’t read so many of your misinformed posts regarding towing, I’d swear you are trolling.


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I should be fine just moving it around in my driveway with just the ball/hitch, right?


Yep In fact you might want to get a simple 2-5/16 ball on a 2"-4" drop shank so you don't need to muscle the WHD hitch head when just moving around the driveway. I have a long driveway so I can get the rig up to about 20 mph and see just how well truck brakes alone stop it.


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i use my side by side to move my 21 foot deck boat.it weighs close to 3k lbs with the trailer i'd guess.


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Terryallan wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.


Hmmm, my 2005 F150 has a 5,000 lb trailer (towing) capacity with a 500 lb tongue limit, but with WD, the numbers nearly double to 9,900 lb and 990 lbs respectively. So, yes the WD bars increase the tongue's load capacity but hard to imagine that moving a 4900 lb rated trailer in his driveway would overburden his truck.

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Grit dog wrote:

Terryallan wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.


And it’s ill informed opinions like these that keep the wdhs flying off the shelves.
To the point that a newbie like the OP is afraid to move the camper in their driveway without a wdh!
@Terryallen, if I hadn’t read so many of your misinformed posts regarding towing, I’d swear you are trolling.


Where was I wrong? A WDH is absolutly needed for a TT with a tongue weight over 500lbs on a F150. Maybe it's not me that is ill informed. And in truth. I feel the same about your posts.

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Timmo! wrote:

Terryallan wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.


Hmmm, my 2005 F150 has a 5,000 lb trailer (towing) capacity with a 500 lb tongue limit, but with WD, the numbers nearly double to 9,900 lb and 990 lbs respectively. So, yes the WD bars increase the tongue's load capacity but hard to imagine that moving a 4900 lb rated trailer in his driveway would overburden his truck.


And I agree.

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Posted: 11/22/21 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Terryallan wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

No and No you do not need WD bars.


Please explain? The hitch on 150 are rated for 500lb weight carrying. His tongue weight will be over 500lbs. While no he doesn't need the WDH to move it in the drive way. It would be unsafe on the highway, not to mention it would unload the front axle and cause sway with out the WDH.
And of courser it is possible I misunderstood your post.
The question specifically said moving the 4900# trailer less than 20' in his own driveway.
Why do you think a WDH is needed for this?


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